On last night's edition of his weekly SIRIUS NASCAR Radio show "Tony Stewart Live," Stewart and co-host Matt Yocum reviewed the weekend in Texas, looked back at Stewart's post-race comments on retirement, and talked about his run-in with Juan...
On last night's edition of his weekly SIRIUS NASCAR Radio show "Tony Stewart Live," Stewart and co-host Matt Yocum reviewed the weekend in Texas, looked back at Stewart's post-race comments on retirement, and talked about his run-in with Juan Pablo Montoya.
On his post-race comments on being "ready to retire" after a frustrating day at Texas Motor Speedway:
Tony Stewart: "I felt bad enough about having a bad day. I was having a bad day on my own. Then I felt even worse when I created a bad day for Kyle [Busch] and for Dale. Then to see the fans all reacting the way they were like I was the one that took Dale Jr. out, which, my accident was what caused him to be taken out. But you feel bad enough then you see the fans for the next five laps and even after the race giving me a hard time, it just kind of took the wind out of my sails. We got to Texas on Wednesday. By the time Sunday came around we had been there for five straight days doing appearances, interviews, you name it, we had a five-day chock-full weekend. That's the great thing about our sport. You get out of the car and immediately there are reporters right behind your car in the garage area and you go out and talk and you're speaking with the emotion that's going on right then."
"I love the Home Depot team. I love my guys. We've still got unfinished business with the Daytona 500 and four other tracks that we haven't won at, I guess. I don't know. It's just kind of a weird deal. I didn't mean to put all of our fans in a three-alarm fire situation. It was more just emotion speaking than it was common sense."
"Trust me. There's one thing I can promise you. I'm not retiring before my contract is up. I've made a commitment to Home Depot and Joe Gibbs Racing. Even as disappointing as it was we've been in this situation before and we've battled back and won championships with it. So there's nobody on our race team that will throw in the towel, myself included. It's definitely tough when you have a car that you think you're going to have a really good weekend with and all of a sudden the next day it kind of washes away. After you've been at the racetrack for five straight days it's easy to let that emotion get to you."
On his run-in with Juan Pablo Montoya:
Stewart: "We had Juan Pablo Montoya behind us on a restart and he tried to go to the outside of me and put me in the middle of three-wide before we even get to the flag stand and I didn't really appreciate that much. So about 15 laps into the run here he comes and instead of just being courteous to him I thought, 'Well, he was going to put me in a bad spot so I'm going to put him in a bad spot.' So I raced him and raced him and raced him and that's where I made my mistake."
"Juan didn't get to this position and didn't get to Formula One by making bad decisions. Even as a rookie this year, and it being a different series, even as much as he's accomplished in his career, you've still got things to learn when you move to a different series."
"We'll talk on Friday morning before we go to practice. I know he tried to get a hold of me yesterday and I told the Godfather (Eddie Jarvis) to call Chip [Ganassi] and make sure he got a hold of Juan and said, 'Hey, we're cool. We'll talk about it this weekend.' But I don't want to do it on the phone. I want to sit down so I can explain it to him."
"I've got a lot of respect for Juan. I still stand behind what I said at the beginning of the year. He's got more natural ability than 99% of the guys I've ever raced with."
"Tony Stewart Live" airs every Tuesday (8-10pm ET) exclusively on SIRIUS NASCAR Radio, channel 128.